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Only in Phoenix

I was just leaving for Echo Coffee yesterday morning, when I noticed three young male deer in my neighbor’s yard.? It’s amazing to me to see deer in the desert.? This isn’t the first time I’ve seen deer in my neighborhood.? Heck, I’ve seen them eating the plants in my front yard.? But when I […]

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Back up your important data

This is a PSA from me, sponsored by me, intended for everyone: Back up your important data! Nearly 3 months ago, my primary computer for Echo Coffee started giving me some fits. The symptom was that it didn’t like to boot up. Often it would take several attempts before it succeeded in booting up. As […]

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Poke confirmation

Why is it that Facebook needs you to confirm that you are about to poke someone?  There’s no confirmation for liking something.  There’s no confirmation for updating someone’s wall.  There’s no confirmation for adding a photo to your library.  But for some reason, Facebook thinks that you may have accidentally chosen to poke someone, and […]

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New Gadget Idea

Ok, I’m not much of an inventor, but I had an idea for a gadget today while roaming the aisles at the local Fry’s Electronics.  What I was looking for, and didn’t find, was a combination iPod dock, memory card reader, and USB hub.  You can get a memory card reader and USB hub as […]

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Now Pondering

Very few people reading this will NOT know Jay Thompson, but on the off chance you don’t and don’t read The Phoenix Real Estate Guy, then you probably don’t know that Jay, after 6 years blogging on TPREG, recently created his own personal blog, Now Pondering. My Side Door is exactly that for me.  It’s […]

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Social Media Day 2010

Mashable recently declared June 30th, Social Media Day, and organized 340+ social media day meetups around the world.  I attended the one for Phoenix in Tempe at Madcap Theatres.  Running late as I often am, I arrived at 6pm for the 5pm start, only to realize the first hour was a social hour, and I didn’t […]

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The story of Echo Coffee

I doubt there is anyone reading this that isn’t aware of my new Scottsdale Coffee Shop, but you might not be aware of some of the story behind the story that is Echo Coffee. At the time I was first considering a coffee shop, I was reasonably unhappy with my real estate career.  If you […]

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Free information at a Price

I’m in the market for something relatively big and expensive.  Call it a car or a painting or a piece of industrial equipment…it really doesn’t matter.  So, where do I start my search?  Why online of course. The item I want is manufactured to customer order and as a result most manufacturers offer them in […]

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